Simple Definition of referendum
: an event in which the people of a county, state, etc., vote for or against a law that deals with a specific issue : a public vote on a particular issue
Full Definition of referendum
plural ref·er·en·daplay \-də\ or ref·er·en·dums
1 a : the principle or practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative b : a vote on a measure so submitted
2 : a diplomatic agent's note asking for government instructions
Examples of referendum
The issue was decided by referendum.
Origin of referendum
New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer
First Known Use: 1847
Rhymes with referendum
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